Maintenance Mechanic

  • 006118

SUMMARY: Under close supervision, performs duties associated with repairing and maintaining wastewater collection and water distribution systems, City park amenities or City athletic fields, performs duties associated with the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of irrigation equipment, systems and small pumps; and performs related duties as assigned. This position may lead a small crew of workers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics). This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:(which are not in any hierarchical order and may vary based on assignment)
  1. Determines type and quantities of materials required to perform and complete job assignments and arranges for timely delivery to job sites.
  2. Inspects parks grounds, athletic fields, and buildings to determine need for repairs or preventative maintenance.
  3. Inspects playground equipment to determine compliance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association) Standards and other safety codes. Repairs equipment, as required.
  4. Performs minor repairs to parks buildings such as painting, caulking, repairing drywall, installing drop ceilings and rewiring lighting fixtures. Paints and repairs park entry signs.
  5. Locates, excavates and repairs or replaces damaged or malfunctioning equipment.
  6. Repairs and maintains water distribution and wastewater collection systems.
  7. Repairs and replaces valves, fire hydrants, water service lines, sewer lines, manholes, air release valves and structures.
  8. Participates in water distribution and metering system repair and installation of mains, pipelines, meters, hydrants, valves, curb stops and related system components.
  9. Prepares road and applies asphalt when construction is complete. Sets road base to proper compacting and sets asphalt.
  10. Repairs sidewalks and driveways and finishes concrete as required.
  11. Maintains ponds and lake fountains to include removing debris.
  12. Maintains athletic fields (grass and clay) to include lining, mowing, fertilizing, watering, packing mounds and repairing sod.
  13. Operates a pressure washer to maintain sidewalks and concrete areas.
  14. Operates trucks and construction and maintenance equipment as necessary to complete work projects; checks equipment for proper servicing, operation and safety and reports defects to supervisor; maintains inventory of tools and equipment.
  15. Installs street barricades and cones prior to the performance of construction and repair activities; direct and control traffic around work sites.
  16. Maintain records related to particular area of assignment; may input and recall information into a computer terminal.
  17. Delivers and sets up equipment for special events.
  18. Uses acetylene torches, welding equipment, electrical and gas powered hand tools, manual hand tools, and pressure washer in the performance of duties.
  19. Responds to questions from the public regarding field or parks condition and status of repairs.
  20. Observes standard operating procedures and safety practices.
  • Knowledge of operational characteristics of fire hydrants, valves and water meters.
  • Knowledge of tools and mechanical equipment used in maintenance and repair work.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, and standards governing area of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of safe shoring and trenching practices.
  • Skill in using and operating hand tools, mechanical equipment, and power tools and equipment required to work in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Skill in operating bobcats and five-gang mower when assigned to grounds work.
  • Skill in performing basic carpentry, electrical and welding duties when assigned to parks maintenance.
  • Skill in reading engineering drawings or blueprints.
  • Skill in identifying unsafe conditions and taking corrective action.
  • Skill in troubleshooting and assessing problems and determining most effective method of repair.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with others.
  • Skill in dealing effectively with the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves considerable physical activity in an outdoor setting. There is frequent need to walk, stand, reach with hands and arms, use the hands to finger, handle or feel, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, climb or balance and lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. Work involves occasional need to sit, talk or hear, taste or smell. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol-free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School diploma or GED and two (2) years experience as a water distribution or wastewater collection, facilities, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Valid Class “D” Florida driver’s license, and a Commercial Driver’s license, Class B may be required depending upon area of assignment.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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